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    10/06/2011 6:14:29 AM PDT · by shortstop · 29 replies ^ | 10/06/11 | Bob Lonsberry
    Should we use ethanol for fuel? Certainly. Should we use corn to make that ethanol? Certainly not. Sure, we want to get over our need for foreign oil. Sure, we want to find a renewable fuel for our vehicles. Sure, ethanol could work just fine. But don’t make it from corn. Here’s what I’m talking about. The president and a bunch of powerful people in Congress have been working over recent years to hold up corn-based ethanol as the answer to our future energy-supply needs. When he talks about it, the president says corn-based ethanol is our only hope of...
  • Regulatory Budgets and Jobs Explode Under Obama

    08/20/2011 11:31:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | August 20, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    One of Barack Obama's job creation programs appears to be working – the number of federal government regulators along with their budgets has exploded since 2008. Total employment at the conglomeration of federal agencies responsible for enforcing compliance with the myriad of laws now exceeds 281,000 people.  That's an increase of 13 percent during a time when 27 million Americans find themselves unemployed, under-employed, or have completely given up even trying to find work.  The budgets at these same agencies have increased 16 percent during the same period to over $54 billion.With the expanded staffs, the agencies have ramped up...
  • United States Federal Tax Dollars (Received vs. Paid)

    03/17/2011 11:53:56 AM PDT · by Sopater · 13 replies
    The federal taxes paid per capita vary widely by state. New England has some of the largest tax payments per capita while the states with the lowest per-capita payments are scattered elsewhere in the country. The place with highest federal tax payments per capita is Washington, D.C., with $11,582. The state with the second-highest federal tax payments is Connecticut with $11,522 per capita. The state with the third-highest federal tax payments is New Jersey with $9,902 per capita. The fourth-highest federal tax payments per capita come from Massachusetts with $9,792. The state with fifth-highest federal tax payments per capita is...
  • Montana, Arizona and Tennessee Take the Lead on Broad-Based Nullification

    02/28/2011 5:34:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Post & Email ^ | February 24, 2011 | JB Williams
    (Feb. 24, 2011) — As the battle for states’ rights heat up across the country, Montana and Arizona have leaped out into the lead by introducing the first broad-based State Nullification Reaffirmation Act designed to return the power to the people and their states and rein in federal government abuses of misinterpreted power. The Model Legislation was researched and created by the Constitutional Justice Division of Wyoming-based United States Patriots Union. This model legislation aims to reaffirm and reassert broad-based sovereign state’s rights under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution by providing both the constitutional grounds and...
  • US Gov. Software Creates 'Fake People' on Social Networks to Promote Propaganda

    02/19/2011 5:21:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 110 replies
    The Examiner ^ | February 18, 2011 | Sean Kerrigan
    The US government is offering private intelligence companies contracts to create software to manage "fake people" on social media sites and create the illusion of consensus on controversial issues. The contract calls for the development of "Persona Management Software" which would help the user create and manage a variety of distinct fake profiles online. The job listing was discussed in recently leaked emails from the private security firm HBGary after an attack by internet activist last week.Click here to view the government contract (PDF)According to the contract, the software would "protect the identity of government agencies" by employing a number...
  • Grants.Gov

    02/10/2011 9:16:52 PM PST · by goodnesswins
    Federal Government ^ | 2/10/11 | YOUR Tax Money
    Here is an example of JUST ONE Grant offered today.... Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Native Hawaiian Education Program CFDA Number 84.362A Synopsis Full Announcement Application The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of 02/09/2011 . If updates have been made to the opportunity synopsis, update information is provided below the synopsis. . Document Type: Grants Notice Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-020911-001 Opportunity Category: Discretionary Posted Date: Feb 09, 2011 Creation Date: Feb 09, 2011 Original Closing Date for...
  • Feds Force Okla. Bank To Remove Crosses, Bible Verse

    12/17/2010 10:27:15 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 25 replies
    Koko ^ | 12/17/2010 | Koko
    Federal Examiners Say Religious Decoration Inappropriate Federal Reserve examiners come every four years to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations. The examiners came to Perkins last week. And the team from Kansas City deemed a Bible verse of the day, crosses on the teller’s counter and buttons that say "Merry Christmas, God With Us." were inappropriate. The Bible verse of the day on the bank's Internet site also had to be taken down. “I don’t think there should be a problem with them displaying whatever religious symbols they want to display,” said Amy Weierman, a...
  • Chile's Miners Would Still Be Down There if They Were Democrats

    10/15/2010 7:56:21 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 10/15/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    The world is rejoicing that the miners trapped for over a month in the bowels of a mountain in Chile are finally rescued. As the rescue was ongoing President Barack Obama said of the worried families, "the tears they shed after so much time apart expressed not only their own relief, not only their own joy, but the joy of people everywhere." Touching sentiments. These miners have to be joyful about one other thing: that they aren't miners trapped in an American mine during Obama's presidency. If they had been, they'd still be down there unable to wipe the tears...
  • Government would clear Manistee National Forest land to help butterfly survive (3000 acres!)

    10/15/2010 6:03:42 AM PDT · by earlJam · 46 replies
    WZZM ^ | 10/15/10
    Government would clear Manistee National Forest land to help butterfly survive WZZM 13 ONLINE OTTO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public input on a proposal to clear a portion of the Manistee National Forest to give a butterfly a greater chance of survival. The plan would also call for closing motorized access to portions of the forest. Leaders in Otto Township in Oceana County were to hold a community meeting Thursday night to discuss the proposal with neighbors. "Otto Township alone is made up of over 50% Manistee National Forest and state land," says township...
  • Darrell Issa: Time for a Hiring Freeze (For the Federal Government)

    10/06/2010 7:09:13 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/06/2010 | Darrel Issa
    While millions of Americans struggle to find work, the federal civilian workforce has prospered. Federal employees’ salaries and benefits have spiked over the past decade. In fact, their compensation advantage over workers in the private sector has grown since 2000 from about $24,000 to almost $51,000. Not even the recession has slowed this trend. Unemployment remains dangerously high, and the number of poor is at its highest level since 1959. But as the private sector has lost 7.7 million jobs since December 2007, the federal government has added 212,100 jobs. Unlike the private sector, the federal government is largely unaffected...
  • The Civilians Receive $700,000 Grant from National Science Foundation

    10/04/2010 4:10:31 PM PDT · by Patriot62 · 11 replies
    Broadway World ^ | 10/04/2004 | BWW News Desk
    The Civilians, the New York-based theatre company known for projects investigating real-life topics - including the upcoming IN THE FOOTPRINT about the controversy surrounding the development of the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn - has been awarded a three-year grant in the amount of $700,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for THE GREAT IMMENSITY, a new production about climate change, it has been announced by Steve Cosson, founding Artistic Director of The Civilians.
  • Feds Making NYCity Spend $27M to Change Lettering on Street Signs

    10/01/2010 9:33:20 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 27 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 10/01/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    So you are a busy federal agency with lots and lots to do. You have roads to build, bridges to reinforce, and infrastructure to shore up, but there is something gnawing at your paper pushing soul. It's those darn street signs in New York City and others. So, like a good, jackbooted government automaton, you storm down to that offending city and demand it spend $27million to change the lettering on those darn signs. I mean it's not like you have anything else to do, right? Well, it may seem like a joke but this is precisely what has happened....
  • Where your taxes all go

    09/30/2010 1:51:41 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 29, 2010 | Editorial
    If you think the federal taxes you pay go to the run the fed eral government, think again. This year, every dime (and more) that the feds collect is going out in payments to other people. That is, Washington is redistributing even more wealth than it takes in. With every dollar the feds collect from the "Peters" going to the "Pauls," and then some, nothing is left to pay the more than 2 million federal civilian employees, the armed forces or otherwise run the government. The White House Office of Management and Budget calls the category "Payments for Individuals." It...
  • Leadership lessons from 'the best place to work in federal government'

    09/19/2010 6:59:39 AM PDT · by Thebaddog · 13 replies
    WaPo ^ | 9.19.10 | Steven Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti
    Gregory B. Jaczko is the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Prior to his tenure at NRC, Jaczko served as appropriations director as well as the science policy adviser for Sen. Harry Reid. For the third consecutive time, the NRC ranked first in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings, released this month.How do you continue to keep your employees engaged in NRC's mission and work? We listen to our employees. I think what is really incumbent upon me and the other senior managers is to make sure we listen to figure out, "What do...
  • Tea Party coalition forming to push for balanced budget amendment

    08/19/2010 12:04:45 AM PDT · by Brugmansian · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/19/2010 | Alex Pappas
    The coalition, named BBA Now, as in Balance Budget Amendment Now, plans to officially unveil its three-year plan in September, director of coalitions Kellen Giuda said in an interview. Part of the campaign includes petitioning 2010 congressional candidates, as well as presidential candidates in 2012, to sign a pledge in support of the effort . . . The amendment envisioned by the coalition includes three pillars: ending the annual deficit by requiring a balanced budget, limiting federal spending to no more than 20 percent of the country’s GDP and requiring a two-thirds supermajority vote in Congress to raise taxes ....
  • 23% Say U.S. Government Has the Consent of the Governed

    07/19/2010 8:38:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 16, 2010
    The notion that governments derive their only just authority from the consent of the governed is a foundational principle of the American experiment. However, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 23% of voters nationwide believe the federal government today has the consent of the governed. Sixty-two percent (62%) say it does not, and 15% are not sure.
  • Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

    03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 587+ views ^ | March 16, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental...
  • An American Chernobyl?

    06/24/2010 3:18:37 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 24, 2010 | Jim Mahoney
    The calamity in the Gulf has the markings of the disaster that led to the demise of the Soviet Union. Our federal government led by our god-like president, an omnipotent structure in the starry eyes of many, shows itself to be an incompetent, uncoordinated monster, capable only of interfering with productive efforts to salvage our coastlines and livelihoods. The once-Olympian Obama is reduced to a sniveling nebbish bemoaning his inability to suck it all up with a straw. The whole spectacle is too familiar to anyone who's ever tried to develop a productive enterprise. Such people see the same bureaucratic...
  • Obama Orders Chump Change Federal Government Spending Cuts

    06/13/2010 2:11:03 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 599+ views
    The Market Oracle ^ | 6-13-2010 | JD Rosendahl
    Obama Orders Chump Change Federal Government Spending Cuts Politics / Government Spending Jun 13, 2010 - 03:17 PM By: JD Rosendahl Recently, in an attempt to look strong on spending and budget management, Obama orders cost-cutting, property sales. WASHINGTON — President Obama ordered federal departments and agencies to sell underused properties and merge some operations to cut $3 billion from federal spending. Along with the property sales and consolidation, Obama wants managers to increase energy efficiency, according to a White House memorandum. “Both taxpayer dollars and energy resources are being wasted to maintain these excess assets,’’ Obama said in a...
  • Louisiana Falling, Rising, Falling (What would've happened had they acted without waiting for Feds?)

    05/29/2010 8:58:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 817+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 05/29/2010 | Chuck Roger
    In 2006, my wife and I traveled to New Orleans and visited the site of an unassuming two-story house on Navarre Avenue. A gaping top-to-bottom crack stared at me from one wall. A horizontal water line on the bricks four feet above my head marked a chapter of New Orleans history written in 2005 by a stormy lady named Katrina, with coauthors named government corruption and incompetence. I stroked the rough old bricks, surveyed the overgrown yard, and said goodbye. My childhood home is gone now. Today, with oil soaking the lakes, bayous, and marshes of my old stomping grounds,...